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Two Immigrants Walk Into a Bar

The writers of the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat find the relatable humor in the Republican assault on DACA (and you thought you had a hard job)

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IMMIGRANTS FOUNDED Hollywood (Eastern Europeans named Mayer and Zukor and Laemmle), but you can count the TV shows about them on two hands— and for a long time, not even on one hand. At the dawn of TV, you had a Cuban named Ricky on I Love Lucy. Then decades of white suburban families named Bunker and Brady and Bundy. Occasionally, a black family would bust through the Caucasian clutter—the Evans family of Good Times, the Jeffersons, the Huxtables, the Johnsons of Black-ish—but immigrant families? It wasn’t until 1994 that a show was built around such a family. That sitcom, All-American Girl, starred Margaret Cho as the daughter of Korean-born parents. It lasted one season. The George Lopez show, which began in 2002, hung around for six.

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